DEET (or diethyltoluamide) is one of the most common active ingredients in bug sprays and insect repellents. However, DEET can be a major skin irritant and shouldn't be used anywhere near cuts or abrasions; it can also lead to more severe symptoms like shortness of breath, headaches, and irritated eyes in some users. As the weather begins to warm up, opt for DEET-free products this spring and summer and avoid possible complications from this potentially toxic ingredient.
The Herbal Insect products are 100 percent natural, so you don’t need to worry about toxicity or unhealthy side affects like with DEET insect repellents. Instead, these vegan-friendly repellents and balms are the answer for hot summer nights as well as exotic trips to warmer — and buggier — climates.
The Herbal Insect line is comprised of four separate products (all DEET-free) that will help ward off unwanted pests. The Herbal Insect body oil is made from a blend of pant oils known for their natural insect repellent properties. Simply apply the oil to wet skin while in the shower and pat yourself dry afterwards; since your pores will already be open from the steam, this oil will be absorbed into your skin, protecting you from insects in a 100 percent natural way.
Similar to The Herbal Insect body oil is the essential oil blend , which can be used in a diffuser for a room or outdoor space; it can also be used in an oil burner or turned into a body spray or oil. Also, for a more traditional bug spray format, add the oil to your shampoo or body lotion to create a perfectly natural alternative.
Another option from The Herbal Insect line is insect-repelling soap: simply use this bar in the shower as you would any other soap as your first line of defense against pesky insects. Pair this product with the body or essential oil for even more thorough protection. Finally, if you’ve already succumbed to insect bites, The Herbal Insect repair balm is what you need: this product will instantly soothe itchy, irritated skin, helping you fast track your healing process in a healthy and natural way.
Combine all of these natural products together for maximum protection against bugs and insects. The Herbal Insect natural products are safe for frequent use, and the fresh, natural smell will have you forgetting why you ever used stinky bug repellents in the first place!